The NL East is first up in our series of roundups for each division in the week leading to today’s non-waiver trade deadline.
- The Braves’ key move was to deal Hector Olivera’s bad contract to San Diego for Matt Kemp and cash. They also acquired minor league infielder Travis Demeritte from Texas for righty Lucas Harrell and lefty Dario Alvarez. They did not, however, deal pitchers Julio Teheran and Jim Johnson.
- The Marlins acquired pitchers Andrew Cashner, Colin Rea and Tayron Guerrero from San Diego for pitchers Jarred Cosart and the injured Carter Capps, plus prospects Josh Naylor and Luis Castillo. Then, however, they sent Rea, who left his Marlins debut due to elbow trouble, back to San Diego in exchange for Castillo.
- The Mets acquired outfielder Jay Bruce from Cincinnati in return for prospects Dilson Herrera and Max Wotell. They also shipped struggling reliever Antonio Bastardo to Pittsburgh for their own former starter Jon Niese. Finally, they signed veteran outfielder Justin Ruggiano to a big-league deal.
- The Phillies had a quiet trade deadline, as GM Matt Klentak explained to reporters, including MLBTR’s Jason Martinez. Jeremy Hellickson, David Hernandez and Carlos Ruiz all remained with Philadelphia. The Phillies did make one small transaction, sending Rule 5 pick Daniel Stumpf back to the Royals.
- The Nationals spent the week connected to a variety of big names, and they finally landed one of them — their key move was to acquire closer Mark Melancon from Pittsburgh in return for reliever Felipe Rivero and lefty prospect Taylor Hearn.